A suspension of replay officials, a change in Mountain West Conference policy and allegations that Brigham Young players routinely make racial slurs during athletic events. It has been 11 days since San Diego State and BYU played in Provo, but the controversy surrounding a botched call continues to swirl.
It started with a simple off-tackle run by the Cougars' JJ Di Luigi. He fumbled, but the line judge incorrectly ruled Di Luigi down (replay available here). Aztec coach Brady Hoke challenged the call, but officials in the replay booth failed to overturn the line judge's ruling.
The three officials in the booth — Mike Angelis, the head replay official, Chad Bunn, the replay communicator and Rob Moon, the replay technician — were suspended for one game by the Mountain West.
Three replay officials have been suspended for one game by the Mountain West Conference after failing to overturn call in Saturday's San Diego State-Brigham Young game in Provo.
You can see the play in question by advancing the video to the 1:46 mark. Cougar running back JJ Di Luigi clearly fumbles the ball before his knee hits the ground, but the line judge ruled that Di Luigi was down before fumbling. Aztec coach Brady Hoke challenged the call, but the officials in the booth failed to overturn the line judge's ruling.
San Diego State trailed at the time, 17-14, and lost, 24-21.
Hoke told the San Diego Union-Tribune that the replay official, a technical advisor and communicator were all suspended by the league. The Mountain West did not confirm the suspensions, but did acknowleged in a statement that it had reviewed the play in question.
This is the second time San Diego State has been on the wrong side of a blown call. Last month, officials missed a clear block in the back on a pass play that resulted in Missouri scoring the winning touchdown.
Watch Brigham Young defensive back Travis Uale rip the helmet off the head of Florida State receiver Bert Reed during the Sept. 18 game between the teams in Tallahassee.
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Brigham Young had plenty of co-conspirators in its planned move out of the Mountain West Conference. Utah State for one. ESPN for another.
Yes, that's right. The four-letter network was involved from the beginning.
Documents and email correspondence obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune through an open records request detailed how the Cougars planned to declare their independence in football and join the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports.
Utah State president Stan Albrecht, who has been criticized for not accepting an offer to move the Aggies from the WAC to the Mountain West after news of BYU's planned move began to trickle out, had incentive to stay the course. He had masterminded with WAC commissioner Karl Benson, BYU president Cecil Samuelson, Fresno State president John Welty, Nevada president Milt Glick and ESPN to spring the Cougars.